1 Sir Gervase Elwes acquired the manors of Stoke-by-Clare and Erbury in 1651 through his marriage with Amy, heiress of William Trigg of London; by 1659 he had also come into possession of the Stoke College estate in and around Stoke-by-Clare. Useful background to the Elwes family and their estate can be found in R.Douglas Brown, A history of Stoke-by-Clare from 1548 (1985).
2 Mr Brown used these records before they came to the Record Office and his book uses document references that no longer apply. It is however possible to correlate his references with the numbers the documents now have.
3 These have the references HA 517/1-108: a list of them can be found at the end of the main catalogue.
4 There are further Stoke College estate records, including a map of the estate, 1791-93, in the Essex Record Office (Guide to the Essex Record Office, 1969, p.165).Summary: HA 517/A Manorial records; HA 517/B Evidences of title to properties purchased by the Elwes family; HA 517/C Evidences of title to properties not apparently purchased by the Elwes family; HA 517/D Elwes and Stoke College estates: records of estate administration; HA 517/E Elwes family: probate and settlements; HA 517/F Elwes family: dispute over the inheritance of the estates of John Maggott Elwes; HA 517/G Elwes family: miscellaneous; HA 517/H Stoke College (pre-dissolution); HA 517/I Probate: families other than Elwes; HA 517/J Miscellaneous.